Mr. Osamu Kurosawa, a very old friend of mine, decided after retirement as an officer at the Shizuoka Municipal Library to buy an old farm house in Ieyama, Shimada City for a meaningful life, now that he has plenty of time not only to really enjoy it but to make other people also share his pleasure.
Osamu is actually the recognized expert on Shizuoka, especially Shizuoka City, history and culture and has already published a number of books and papers on it.
He does not intend whatsoever to rest on his laurels and has embarked on a mission to promote the town he is presently living in.
Once again I had the great opportunity to meet him inside his home thanks to another good friend, also retired, called Shinzo Oishi who drove me all the way from Shizuoka City!
His house stnds by a green tea field in the mountains of Kawane where many other such houes are looking for new owners!
One of Osamu’s hobbies is to use local greenery to create all kinds of bonsai and landscape trays!
You will find plenty inside his home around the traditional Japanese-style hearth!
From another angle!
Even an old fry pan can be put to good use!
Osmau’s home is a real museum!Ancient earthenware sake bottles!
Fox gloves in ancient vase in front of an antique scroll!
Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s hollyhock crest (17th Century)!
I came well-armed with those two bottles of sake from Shizuoka City and Shimada City!
Osamu reciprocated with this extravagant bottle of Nanbu Bijin Junmai Daiginjo from Iwate Prefecture!
We shared the sake wit some simple but succulent local food bought at the sole local supermarket added with some beautiful vegetables prepared by Osamu!
Home-made Japanese pickles by Osamu completed a great country lunch and very enriching conversation!
We washed our fingers in water filled with wild Japanese pepper/sansho from a tree growing near Osmau’s home!
We did it in a very old lacquered bowl which was owned by Lord Tokugawa Ieyasu’s Family!
We had coffee later in a superb local cafe but this is for another report!
Do visit Osamu Kurosawa on his FACEBOOK blog as he is fluent in English and Sapnish!
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